Google Soon Dropping The Support For 4.4 KitKat In Play Service

Google released 4.4 KitKat in October 2013, but now it has announced that Google Play will not wholly support Android 4.4 KitKat. Sadly, it will be closed before its 10th birthday. This announcement shows that it will not get any feature or upgrade from Google. 

If we pay attention to Google, according to the announcement, only 1% of Android devices that are still running on 4.4 Kitkat are left. Well, it is true that only for 1% of active users the companies will not put in the effort. 

Google gets permission from Play service to offer the latest modern feature and OS updates to its apps regularly. By quitting the support for 4.4 KitKat, all the future play services launched in August with the 23.30.99 version will no longer work on devices still running on 4.4 KitKat.

Google has done Something like this before; for instance, in 2021, it has quite a support for a pretty old Android version, which was launched in 2012 named Jelly Bean. Like KitKat, only 1% of its active users were left, so the company quit. 

Unfortunately, the main reason behind quitting the support for 4.4 Kitkat is its very few active users. No one can deny the fact that for Android, KitKat was a significant update, or we can say it was like icing on the cake. Because this was the only update that initiated critical facilities, for instance, the Google Now page on the home display, full-screen mode and many more. 

But keeping in mind today’s modernity, Google now wants to support more advanced and unique platforms, which allows for the most modern features and security patches to enhance the user’s experience. 


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Aakash Gour

Aakash is the main editor of RM Update and coordinator of the news area. If it is important and urgent, Aakash has written about it. He is an expert in the Android and Google ecosystem. He has been writing about mobile phones and technology in RM Update since 2019, a time in which he has been debugging his analyses and especially product photography.

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